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Anyone here ditched authorship completely since the removal of publisher photos from the serps?
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John Romaine's profile photoGeoff Jackson's profile photo
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It supplies a platform for you to build a credible bio in your niche/field on the web - same as it always has done. And I believe at some point in the near future, AuthorRank will play a role as a ranking factor somewhere as well.
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Hi guys, got a frustrating problem here. I have a clients site that is redirecting to BS pharmacutical websites (viagra etc) within the search results. Any ideas where I should look to find the culprit, apart from the obvious places? htacess etc.
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John Romaine's profile photoJim Munro's profile photo
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They didn't charge me for sauce :)
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Tauseef Azhar

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Just want to know whether Google can understand this type of robot.txt file or its just a normal file... like humans.txt
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Chris Edwards's profile photoKen Rohrer's profile photo
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Its a Skynet joke from the movie terminator.
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Now that I think about it, having 'authorship' set up gives the user a chance to click through to Google plus and not your site.

Does anyone else see this as a disadvantage? What is the advantage of Google authorship?
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Bill Bean's profile photoPeter Watson's profile photo
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I guess its always good to 'support' the team (Google).
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Hi all, I have implemented everything I can do for a brand to show in SERP, all knowledge graph optimization: Schema SameAs, schema for organization, G+ recent posts, great wiki page, freebase...what else would you recommend? Do I miss smth?
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John Romaine's profile photoPeter Nikolow's profile photoSambhavi Karki's profile photo
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What is the brand name?  What are you searching for?
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I'd love to get some feedback on this tool linkresearchtools.com.
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Dawn Anderson's profile photoDaniel Delos's profile photo
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It's pretty expensive but I highly recommend it if you need tons of data and charts but in a fairly intuitive format. They get data most other tools don't so it's a toolbox for link risk analyses, side-by-side competitor analyses, link acquisition, link list analysis and more.

I don't know what partner indexes they use but in the last maybe 6 months or more, I've been finding LRT finds more links than ahrefs so even just as a link index they hold their own.
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Hi All! I was wondering if anyone has any interesting case studies or examples to share of a small player doing well on the SEO front in a search market dominated by large aggregators. ie a single airline outranking expedia or a single hotel competing with booking.com for its local keyword. Thanks! 
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Terry Van Horne's profile photoFrederic Chanut's profile photo
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Just taking on +Matt Hoff comment, I noticed the SERPs are quite different if you use Hotels vs Hotel. 'Hotels' kwds gets more sites like Expedia while 'Hotel' kwds have a higher number of direct hotel sites.
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I have 2 websites with same content but country target is different.
For Geo targeting i am not using:
HTML link element in header
HTTP header
Sitemap

Only thing i am doing is Geotargeting settings in Webmaster tools.
Is this enough for Multi-regional sites?
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Gianluca Campo's profile photoRicky Shah's profile photo
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+Ricky Shah not necessarily as stated here:
https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/189077?hl=en

Instead of using markup, you can submit language version information in a Sitemap.

I believe they are supposed to be alternatives. So either hreflang or a sitemap is enough.
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Hey guys, did you implement the sameAs Property (schema.org/Sameas). I would like to use the sameAs property to reference the exact Freebase or Wikipedia entry for our brand entity.  I'm just wondering whether to reference Freebase or Wikipedia having in mind that the company has both of them. I have two cases 1. company has only freebase ref so I am good with that (no wikipedia) 2. company has them both, but I am not sure whether implemention both freebase and wikipedia will not mess up things :-(
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Any one has suggestions for a mobile rank tracking software? Finding it pretty hard to find one. 
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Dawid Sakowski's profile photoCollin Davis's profile photo
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John Romaine

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James Norquay's profile photoDaniel Delos's profile photo
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25,000 Facebook fans is not even that great in todays market, if you target them via organic postings you might hit 10-20% of the total user base. Which means you have a 2.5-5k post range and then the CTR might be 10% of that total group. Don't worry I run so many Facebook pages over the years and test it all. Facebook is another GREMLIN who is trying to make everyone pay for everything.
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I love this on so many levels. Great use of #PPC and an amazing example of adaptive marketing. #canneslions  
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Bill Bean's profile photoPhillip Ohren's profile photo
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Great case study
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Peter Watson

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If site A ranks for 2000 keywords and site B ranks for 1500, how can I identify the the 500 terms site A ranks for that site B does not?
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Peter Watson's profile photoHarry Dance's profile photo
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if you sort them by colour, you can then easily copy and paste them into their own column http://spreadsheets.about.com/od/datamanagementinexcel/ss/090930-sort-font-color-excel.htm
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This shows yahoo depends on Google too much.
Yahoo has announced another round of product cuts and changes, all part of what it calls a continued effort on “furthering our focus.” The most notable cut announced today is the upcoming closure of both Yahoo Voices (voices.yahoo.com) and the Yahoo Contributor Network (contributor.yahoo.com). The former is Yahoo’s home for user-generated articles; the latter is […]
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Yahoo! Voices was a great platform to build a credible author status on the web and it is really surprising that they are closing the doors to this platform as they had decent moderation processes in place to ensure that only useful and valuable content was published.

This will frustrate a number of high profile authors that have published hundreds of articles and earnt a lot of money via the network. All the hours they put into creating this content over the years will just be deleted with one push of the button at the end of the month.
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Why Facebook is having 
User-agent: *
Disallow: /
http://facebook.com/robots.txt
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Razvan Girmacea's profile photoPhil Gregory's profile photoŁukasz Rogala's profile photo
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As far as I know Facebook is crawled by Google only via it's own API or something.
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Does anyone think Penguin will ever roll out again? If yes, why would they wait so long?
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Daniel Laidler's profile photoDave Cain's profile photoPeter Watson's profile photo
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A May update would have been to obvious. It will come, no doubt.

With any luck they follow it up with a second blow in the few months proceeding it. Low value sites with a disproportionate number of out going links make up a large proportion of the Web albeit they are well hidden in search by Google. They are an issue for search engines as they still need to crawl them to determine the balance of the Web but in essence they serve no tangible benefit to a visitor. They are web junk. The more links generated on them by crappy SEO practice the bigger they become. It's a cancer on the web search engines have to overcome to improve their processes. 
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When running an url through majestic, is it best to run the full url (including the http://www.) or the root url (without the http://www.)?
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John Romaine's profile photoKen Rohrer's profile photo
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Yes, to avoid duplicate content, in addition to selecting the preferred domain in GWT, I also 301 everything to the preferred domain. This way it doesn't matter how the URL is entered, it still goes to the preferred domain.
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Minor Google Update this weekend? Seeing some movements in SERPs, at least in Australia. Anyone seeing the same? #googleupdate  
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Tim Capper's profile photoDavid Iwanow's profile photo
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Travel has scored a few wins over the past week for me in UK
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Andre Weyher

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Bad news :-( Especially if you were the only one in your niche who bothered setting them up..

http://searchenginewatch.com/article/2352147/Google-to-Remove-Author-Images-from-Search-Results
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Perry Bernard's profile photoPeter Watson's profile photo
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nice!
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I find it ironic that most of the bad backlinks I come across in Negative SEO attacks....Come from +Google owned +Blogger 

#BlogspotFTW  
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I have not seen many negative SEO attacks come from Blogger, yet I have seen multiple penalties handed out to websites which used Blogger networks back in 2006-2008, the issue is these are almost impossible to contact via who is and most have not been updated since 2008 so disavow is the only option in some cases. 
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